Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Little or a Lot?

"Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?" -Mary Oliver

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We Are All The Same

"We are all human beings, and from this point of view, we are the same. We all want happiness and we do not want suffering. If we consider this point, we will find that there are no differences between people of different faiths, races, colors, or cultures. We all have this common wish for happiness."-Dalai Lama

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Through Rose Colored Glasses

Venice photo: Aria Cabot

"The dew rose and turned to golden mist, thin as a dream, enveloping them until they seemed gossamer relics of the late night, infinitely transient and already fading. For a moment sea and sky were breathless, and dawn held a pink hand over the young mouth of life..." -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Celebrating the Life of Jan Naritomi-Hart

Photo courtesy of Robert Mepham

On Friday we gathered together to celebrate my cousin Jan's life.  Old and new friends arrived to share how Jan has touched their lives. In 2004 Jan was diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.  She has spent the last ten years as an advocate and activist for newly diagnosed patients.  Jan started the first neuroendocrine tumor support group in San Diego and has devoted countless hours providing advice to her fellow cancer patients and their families.  Jan also was a loyal supporter of the San Diego
Cancer Research Institute a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients through integrative approaches to treatment. She personally introduced the benefits of yoga, meditation, acupuncture, gentle exercise, healing touch and the support of group therapy with other cancer survivors. In 2011, she received the Warner Advocacy Award, a national award given to people who are dedicated leaders in the neuroendocrine cancer community.   The list of her generosity and love to others is endless.  On Sept. 11, 2014 we celebrated her life.  Here is a small slideshow of that celebration. Aloha Jan, until we meet again may you find eternal peace and tranquility.

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Venezia A Place To Fall In Love

Photo: Aria Cabot

"What you are in love with seizes the imagination,
it will affect your everything.  It will decide what
gets you out of bed in the mornings, what you do
with your evenings, how you spend your weekends,
what you read, what you know, what breaks your 
heart, and what amazes you.  Fall in love, stay in
love, and it will decide everything."
-Pedro Arrupe

Friday, September 12, 2014

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